Credit Courses

2015-2016 Catalog (Courses updated for 2016-2017)

Human Services (HSE)

HSE* E101 Introduction to Human Services

An interdisciplinary orientation to major Human Service agencies and institutions in this region including education, law enforcement, child care, mental health, recreation, geriatrics, etc. Participants will study the roles and functions of professionals in these types of Human Services careers. Instruction will include team-teaching, guest speakers, and field visitations.

  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: BS

HSE* E114 Advocacy in Human Services

A comprehensive survey of effective advocacy for and with human service agencies. Students will learn about power bases and influence in human service systems. The course will introduce students to advocacy theory and practice, providing lectures, practical hands-on assignments, and participatory learning.
Prerequisite: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3

HSE* E121 Strategies for Developing Capable Children and Youth

An overview of specific skills and practical strategies for developing responsible, capable children and youth and for strengthening families. Practical techniques are explained and applied in dealing with and preventing problems in families. Teaching methods include interactive group experiences and discussion, exercises, reading, and practice assignments. Skills acquired are applicable to broader settings, including childcare programs and schools.
Prerequisite or Parallel: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3

HSE* E132 Peer Training for Behavioral/Mental Health

A hands on course for people aiming to work in the behavioral/mental health field. The course teaches peer support skills and provides students with skills and competencies that help to move persons with behavioral/mental health problems forward in their recovery. Topics include learning about and developing effective peer support competencies related to communication skills, pathways of recovery, elements of peer support, empowering interpersonal interactions, understanding substance abuse, trauma, mental illness and mental health.
  • Credits: 3

HSE* E134 Introduction to Mental Health

A study of mental illnesses and addictions as it relates to children, youth and adults with severe mental illness. Topics include treatment, rehabilitation and recovery, managed care, community support services, public awareness, consumer empowerment, and career opportunities.
  • Credits: 3

HSE* E139 Topics in Mental Health

Focus on particular topics in mental health services that are especially relevant to working in community settings. Emphasis on conceptual knowledge about hands-on skills in clinical management and specific administrative tasks in working with clients. Topics include assessment, psychiatric medications, dual diagnosis, relapse prevention, crisis management, violence prevention, goal planning, entitlements, and burnout.
  • Credits: 3

HSE* E141 Addiction and Mental Illness in Behavioral Health Care

An overview of the policy and treatment issues in behavioral healthcare. Particular areas of concern include assessments, treatment concepts, national and state policies, dual diagnosis issues, managed care, and client motivation. The course examines current research and demographics which underpin the behavioral health movement.
Prerequisite: ENG* E101 or permission of the instructor
  • Credits: 3

HSE* E147 Change Theory and Strategies in Behavioral Health Care

An overview of the theories of human behavior, addiction, mental health and change in all of these areas of practice. Emphasis on the stages of change and Motivational Interviewing as used in the Behavioral Healthcare Model. The course will also examine the application of these concepts, theories and skills to individuals with multiple behavioral difficulties.

Prerequisite: PSY* E111 and ENG* E101 or permission of the instructor
  • Credits: 3

HSE* E161 Disabilities Across the Lifespan

An overview of the field of developmental disabilities as it applies to people across the lifespan from birth to old age. Topics include mental retardation, cognitive disabilities, acquired brain injury, physical disabilities, sensory impairment and others. The course examines these topics from a variety of perspectives including prevalence, psychological aspects, age-related, adaptive problems and habilitative services in the continuum of care.
Prerequisite: PSY* E111
  • Credits: 3

HSE* E170 Introduction to Gerontology

An interdisciplinary introduction to the major concepts and issues related to the study of the aging process. The course is designed for students considering a career in gerontology or in a field where understanding the psychological, physical, social, and environmental issues of the elderly is of critical importance.
  • Credits: 3

HSE* E198 Special Problems in the Human Services

A research project-oriented course under the personal supervision of a faculty member in the Human Services Program. It is designed to provide an opportunity to explore particular problem and subject areas within the area of Human Services. Subjects may be in urban studies, law enforcement, mental health, early childhood education, public administration, gerontology, etc. Assignments and hours will be individually tailored with the student.
Prerequisite: Permission of the Human Services faculty
  • Credits: 3

HSE* E202 Introduction to Counseling/Interviewing

A developmentally-based, experiential course designed to introduce pre-professionals and professionals to the basic concepts, theories and skills used in human service counseling. Practical application of skills and role-playing will be emphasized.
  • Credits: 3

HSE* E206 Correctional Counseling

A study of casework, counseling, philosophy and methods, and treatment techniques used in correctional settings.
Prerequisite or Parallel: PSY* E111
  • Credits: 3

HSE* E210 Group and Interpersonal Relations

A cross-disciplinary seminar introducing participants to the development and dynamics of small-group relationships and communications. Emphasis on theories and specific techniques designed to lead to self and interpersonal understanding among group members, research regarding the nature of behavioral understanding among group members, research regarding the nature of behavioral change, and supervised experience in participatory groups. Seminar will include a variety of techniques, including lecture, observation, role-playing, simulation, and video-tape analysis.
  • Credits: 3

HSE* E222 Emotional Disorders in Children and Youth

An examination of current treatment methods for children and youth with emotional disorders. Particular areas of focus include assessment and diagnosis, treatment approaches, intervention skills, effective service delivery models and systems issues from birth to three, preschool, latency, and adolescence.
Prerequisite: PSY* E111
  • Credits: 3

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